MELBOURNE, Australia – UFC featherweight Shane Young well understands the negative message about suicide prevention in a victory speech.
But Young, 25, intends to continue delivering it when he is in the octagon. Indicates the explosion of youth suicide rates among young Maori in New Zealand and states that the issue needs to be addressed.
"I will continue to say it until it's the other way around," he said. "I know two children under the age of 13 killed each other last year," Young said. "This is more real than this – (imprecation) UFC If some kid is killing himself because the circumstances are passing, why am I here to earn $ 100,000 in a fight? I'd rather give that guy a chance, or give him something to be inspired. "
Young spoke openly about his mental health struggle after his second UFC fight. He said he almost retired before finding his love for sport and embarking on a mission to celebrate Maori culture.
But Young was not the only fighter talking about struggles with depression during this recent week of fighting. UFC fighters 234 Nadia Kassem and Lando Vannata also talked about mental health battles surrounding their careers.
After a brave victory over Austin Arnett (16-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC), Young (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) shouted a message of encouragement to Maoris.
"I think the New Zealanders are a group of warriors and we love the culture of combat," he said. "For someone to go out as a fighter and be like," I cry, and I take care of my mental health, and I talk to men and talk about our emotions "- to know that it's all right – if I can cry and get stronger from it, anyone can do it. You do not have to be a UFC fighter to be tough. "
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